Wednesday, April 10, 2019

3 Nostalgic Gift Ideas for Historic Route 66 Fans

Living in Arizona has afforded us the opportunity to take day trips to many interesting locations. Of course, these include locations along the Arizona segments of historic Route 66.

You can read a bit more about the route in my previous post Living Near Historic Route 66 Is One Story Worth Sharing. That post features a fun segment to drive slowly and grab some shots of history.

Not everyone who loves the history of Route 66 can make the trek across country so this post offers some gift ideas that will make the Americana loving route historian in your life smile. I have a store category that features Arizona specials including products designed from photos of stops along Arizona's segments of Route 66.

No matter what stop you make along the route you are guaranteed to find local designs on a gift products including tee shirts. In this post you'll see my personal connection and take on some of these stops in my designs. These t-shirts are available in a variety of styles and colors for men, women, and children.

Oatman, Arizona

I have to say that a favorite stop and destination for many people along the route is Oatman, Arizona. Close to the Nevada border, Oatman offers the unique experience of walking the street with wild burro descendants left from the area's mining days. My tee design incorporates two photos. One photo is the view looking west downhill on the route and the other is the burros on the street. Text elements from the back are added to the pocket area on the front. Head to the link to check it out and view it on other style and color tees.

Route 66 Oatman Arizona Burros On The Street T-Shirt

Winslow, Arizona

The next gift idea is a tee from the famous city of Winslow, Arizona. It is famous for the mention in the song "Take It Easy" by the Eagles. The corner is actually a facade wall but with interesting painted details from the song. My original full color Winslow photograph is changed to black and white with a red color elements left on the design. I came up with this red color design idea when I was given a challenge in a photo group. I loved the results so decided to share on a variety of products including this tee.  Click the link to find a tee style and color you like.

Vintage Route 66 Destination Winslow Arizona Photo T-Shirt

Twin Arrows, Arizona

If you blink, you might miss this sight which is visible right along the south side of Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff.  There are remnants of a gas station at this point but those my deteriorate into the land in near time. I added two elements from the Arizona historic route signs to the sky of my Twin Arrows photo to give it more meaning.  The pocket area on the shirt front also has these sign elements added. Check it out at the link.

Historic Route 66 ~ Twin Arrows, Arizona T-Shirt

Historic Route 66 ~ Twin Arrows, Arizona T-Shirt

These designs are only found in my Zazzle store TheAspenStand so if you find it anywhere else it's a copyright violation. As Zazzle designers, we like to make people aware of this issue since so many designs are stolen off the internet, sold in poor quality and cheaper price by copyright violaters.

Do you have any great memories of travels along Route 66?

Leave a comment and share your thoughts on the post or Route 66 memories. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Send Mom a Personalized Photo Card this Mother's Day

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Don't wait until the last minute to run out for a store bought card for mom. Check out my post to order it online with a custom message and personalized photo.

A year ago close to Mother's Day I posted about gift ideas which could be presented year-round. Since there are a variety of ideas you should check out that link to see what might be a good gift for your mom, grandmother, or a special woman in your life year-round.

In this post, I sharing some great customizable Mother's Day cards. Zazzle sells a variety of stationery type items to include announcement cards, invitations, postcards, stationery and much more. All these items are offered with designs by creative designers like me who sell online and make it easy for you to personalize.

This year I've been working on adding Mother's Day cards to my holiday categories. I only had a few older designs but these new creations allow you to really add a personal touch.

Zazzle greeting cards are available in matte and glossy finishes. You can order in greeting card size 5" x 7" and 4" x 5.6" note card size. On each greeting card link, you will also notice that you can order with or without an envelope which will save you $.15.

All the cards I share here have a glitter background since it's quite popular on a lot of things these days. These Mother's Day card designs are quite simple with the focus on customers personalizing them. You can change or remove the front and inside greeting right on the page.

Each of these card designs offers a placeholder photograph that you easily replace with a cherished photograph mom will like. The placeholder photo option is listed at the bottom of the Personalize button. You'll see the option to Change the placeholder photo that is there. A square photo or a horizontal photograph with the subject(s) centered in it will work best. Test out several photos to see how each one looks before ordering.

These Mother's Day glitter designs are offered in the store with a pink, purple and gold, coral, or purple/lavender background.

This next card is similar to the above design but with a floral theme and a simple border. On this card, you can also replace the photograph with a cherished family image or leave the floral that is on it. This too is available in four total glitter background colors with color matching flower placeholder photographs.

And if you might need something totally different, here's an idea. Some folks might want to spread the love to a pet owner. Not to worry because I designed several cards for a "fur momma" too. The cards below offer adorable animal placeholder photographs that you can change with mom's cherished pet or keep them just as they are. You also get to personalize the cover and inside text. 

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Mother's Day Purple Glitter Sparkles Photo Cat Mom Card

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Zazzle has thousands of Mother's Day card designs so you can cruise into the marketplace from one of the card designs here.

Let me know your thoughts on the post and designs. If I can be of any help please leave a comment or contact me via 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Change Up Room Design With Spring Inspired Colors

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Whether you live in an area where you enjoy four seasons or warmer weather year round, spring is still a mark in time of rebirth. Animals are coming out of hibernation and in a way folks with winter chills do the same. Spring brings in a regrowth as colors change with the new blooming world.

Do you like to make interior design color changes throughout the year as the seasons change? This post offers some colorful flower ideas starting at the entryway through to the interior. Color changes are nice to roll in the brighter days of spring. Some people love to change room decor with little changes such as wall art, throw pillows, or special items. 

Start your color change at the door with this colorful red Anthurium door mat. Zazzle door mats are available in 18" x 24" and 24" x 26" sizes.

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Stretched canvas is a nice lightweight, frameless touch to any wall. They can be moved to different rooms or stored for use during other seasons. This stretched canvas photograph of orange and yellow tulips is a way to add color and a focal point on a wall. 

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Vibrant Orange Tulip Photograph Canvas Print

If you want to add a spot of light in a room but worry about leaving lighted candles in an unsupervised area such as a bathroom, here's a safe alternative to bring in the spring colors.

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Vibrant Orange Tulip Flower Petals Close-Up Photo Flameless Candle

Morning sidelight on this giant Sunflower photograph added to a light switch wall plate is a simple yet unique way to add a different element to a room.

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Sunflower In Warm Light Close-Up Photograph Light Switch Cover

A popular way to change colors is to toss throw pillows on chairs, couches or even the floor. This beautiful Tiger Lily is a simple color change to bring spring indoors. 

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Beautiful Tiger Lily Flower Close-Up Photograph Throw Pillow

What interior design changes do you make to usher in a new season of colors?